Self-loathing

Update (10/05): not true, says The Guardian. (via @LaraABCNews)
Guess who was once a Jew?

A photograph of the Iranian president holding up his identity card during elections in March 2008 clearly shows his family has Jewish roots.
A close-up of the document reveals he was previously known as Sabourjian – a Jewish name meaning cloth weaver.
The short note scrawled on the card suggests his family changed its name to Ahmadinejad when they converted to embrace Islam after his birth.
[…]
Experts last night suggested Mr Ahmadinejad’s track record for hate-filled attacks on Jews could be an overcompensation to hide his past.

Ya think?

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7 thoughts on “Self-loathing

  1. IsraelNationalNews ran a piece, on 1/28/09, that may provide some insight on where this story originated http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/129649# :
    “Several Iranian media sources are quoting Mahdi Khazali – the son of a leading supporter of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – as having written in a blog that the president has Jewish roots. So reports the Hebrew-language Omedia website and Radio Free Europe.
    Khazali, son of Ayatollah Abu Al-Kassam Khazali, says that Ahmadinejad changed his Jewish name on his ID card in order to hide his roots. Khazali the son says that the president hides his Jewish roots by attacking Israel and the Jews, and by expressing strong Muslim religious beliefs.”
    I think we’ll just have to invoke Krauthammer’s Law on this one — “Everyone is Jewish until proven otherwise.” http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2006/09/everyones_jewish.html

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